Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24, 2016

4:00 pm , St. John’s – Honesdale
6:00 pm, St. Bernard’s – Beach Lake
9:00 pm , St. John’s – Honesdale

Christmas Day : Sunday, December 25, 2016

7:30 am, St. Mary’s – Honesdale
9:00 am, St. Joseph’s – Rileyville
10:30 am, St. John’s – Honesdale

Confessions:

Monday- November 28, December 5, December 12, & December 19
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm, St. Mary’s – Honesdale

Holy Hour – December 4 – St. Mary’s – Honesdale 2:00 pm, confessions will follow.

Saturday – December 17
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm – St. Bernard’s-Beach Lake
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm – St. Mary’s – Honesdale

Dec 19 – Dec 23
Before and after all daily masses.

Holy Hour – December 4 – St. Mary’s – Honesdale 2:00 pm, confessions will follow.

Weather Alert!

Honesdale Faith Formation classes are canceled today, Sunday, Nov. 20 due to the weather.

Due to the winter weather, we will be closing the adoration chapel tonite ,Sat. Nov. 19, at 9:00 pm and re-open tomorrow, Sunday Nov. 20, at 9:00 am.

 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 24, 2016- Spaghetti Dinner at the Catholic Family Community Center on Cliff Street, $10 per person (7 & Under FREE)! Basket Raffles and Bountiful Basket of Cash. Please join us!
St. Faustina Chapel 1763 Great Bend Tpke. Pleasant Mt. has 2 events coming up on October  4 & 5 
October 4:  A Day of Recollection 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
October 5:  3:00 – Procession, 3:15 – Confession, 4:00 – Mass 5:00 Veneration of first class relic of St. Faustina & Buffet Dinner.
PLEASE E-mail your events
 or announcements to:
bulletin.stjohnshonesdale@verizon.net
Good Shepherd

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      Amid the joy and exhaustion of spreading the “Good News,” our Blessed Lord knew that His disciples needed time for rest and renewal.  Did He not invite them to come away to a quiet place from time to time for just such peacefulness (Mark 3:7)?  In that solitude they had time to listen and concentrate on the Master’s voice, and then go back into daily life to live and witness the Gospel.

      You are His evangelists today by virtue of Baptismal grace and the power of the Holy Spirit in your lives, ever fortified by the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and most especially the Holy Eucharist.  Nonetheless you too need time to listen to the Master’s voice and be refreshed and renewed.  This week we have an opportunity to accept our Lord’s invitation to the Parish Mission.  We are especially blessed to have Father Bill Garrott, O.P. to conduct the four evening sessions.  Each evening Father will lead the Rosary beginning at 6:45 PM, followed by a lively and uplifting inspirational talk.  While hearing confessions the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for our adoration.  We will conclude with Benediction, closing at 8:00 PM.

      On Wednesday evening we have our closing Mass of the Mission, and of course we will be preparing for the 25th Anniversary celebration of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel on Sunday, May 3, at the 10:30 AM Mass at St. John’s church.  Let us have a great witnessing of Faith as we welcome Bishop Bambera and joyously praise the Lord with grateful hearts.  Following Mass we will process to St. Mary Magdalen and gather on the green next to the Parish Office (weather permitting) for Benediction and the reposing of the Blessed Sacrament in the Eucharistic Chapel.  Remembering that it is the month of May which is dedicated to our Lady, we ask her blessing upon all of our endeavors.  May she grace us with her presence as we honor her Son, and look kindly upon us, her devoted children.

With blessings,

Fr. Langan

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You are Witnesses of This!

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      In today’s Gospel account of Our Lord’s Resurrection Jesus ends with a very direct and powerful statement: “You are witnesses of this,” namely, that He is alive and with us.  The order was given and still resounds that we are to make Him known, most especially in the “Breaking of the Bread,” now understood as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the Holy Eucharist.  More and more His Apostles and disciples came to realize that through the re-presentation of Calvary and the Resurrection that indeed Jesus would always be in our midst.

      In just two weeks we will celebrate in a special way this fundamental belief, and we will give witness as well as giving thanks that the Lord has NEVER left us.  The 25th Anniversary of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is a time of great rejoicing, and a fitting way to prepare for it is our participation in the Parish Mission given by Father Bill Garrott, O.P.  For several weeks now we have been publishing this event, and, hopefully, many will take the time for solid spiritual refreshment.  Just as we need to regularly nourish our bodies with good food, so too our spirits need refreshment and nourishment from time to time.  How many of us may be “running on empty” when it comes to the spiritual life.  That emptiness creates a vacuum which can easily be filled with bad food and ill-nourishment thus bringing a sickness to our souls.

      Therefore, I invite you to come for a renewal – a recharge – a true refreshment for your spiritual life.  Let us renew our enthusiasm and joy in being a Catholic Christian.  Bring friends, neighbors, and especially those who have become estranged from their Mother, the Church.  Don’ t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and invite a hungry soul to the place of true and everlasting nourishment. “Be a WITNESS to all of this,” so says the Lord.

With Blessings,

Fr. Langan

Divine-Mercy-Sunday

Let those who fear the Lord say, “God’s mercy endures forever!”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      Today, the Octave of Easter, is Divine Mercy Sunday.  This special feast was instituted by St. John Paul ll during his pontificate.  Recently we commemorated on April 2nd the tenth anniversary of his passing into the “Father’s house,” and rejoice in the acclamation of his sainthood this past year.  He, along with St. Faustina, are the apostles of Divine Mercy.  Thus on part of this special day Mother Church, through the successor of St. Peter Pope Francis, extends a plenary indulgence which is the negation of all temporal punishment due to sin.  Sadly, we often forget that though God is all merciful to the repentant sinner, He is also just.  Jesus our Savior died to conquer sin, but as people who understand that satisfaction must be made for the consequence of sin, for example hurting another person’s reputation by gossip and idle talk, there needs to be on the part of the repentant sinner an act of justice.  The purifying fires of purgatory ordinarily accomplish this.  However, from time to time we are given great opportunity to have this justice satisfied by a plenary indulgence.

      Divine Mercy Sunday is one occasion to receive this privileged grace and forgiveness.  That we might be well prepared to receive this grace certain conditions are necessary: 1) within a three week period making a sacramental confession; 2) the intention to renounce sin and to avoid falling into it, especially habitual sins; 3) prayer for the Holy Father – the Apostles Creed, Our Father and Hail Mary – which we will pray following our Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses; 4) and, if possible, participation in Divine Mercy celebrations.  Here in our parish that begins today at 2:00 PM in St. Mary Magdalen Church.  Once again our loving God extends His mercy to us in order to bypass purgatory.  He again in this special way “pays our debts.”  Let us try to make every effort to glorify Him by participating in the graces offered to us.

      As I mentioned after the Easter Masses, I again extend my profound thanks in my name and Father Reichlen’s to all who gave so much of their time and talents for our glorious celebrations this past week.  Your extraordinary efforts give witness to your love of God and these combined churches of St. John the Evangelist Parish. As you have praised the Lord so selflessly, may He reward you with abundant graces and blessings.

Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

Fr. Langan

Easter Triduum

2015 Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Holy Thursday (April 2nd)

Good Friday (April 3rd)

  • 7:25 AM Morning Prayer, St. Mary Magdalen Church
  • 9:00 AM Stations of the Cross and Blessing with the Relic of the True Cross, St. Mary Magdalen Church, followed by confessions
  • 12:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, St. John the Evangelist Church, followed by confessions
  • 3:00 PM Divine Mercy Novena, St. John the Evangelist Church
  • 5:30 PM Stations of the Cross, St. Joseph Church
  • 7:00 PM The Office of Tenebre, St. John the Evangelist Church

Holy Saturday (April 4th)

  • 11 AM Blessing of the Easter food baskets, Holy Family Hall, followed by confessions in St. John the Evangelist Church.
  • 8:00 PM Vigil Mass of the Holy Night of Easter, St. John the Evangelist Church (*please note that there is no other Saturday evening Mass this night)

Easter Sunday (April 5th)

Confessions This Week

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday immediately before and after daily Mass at St. Mary Magdalen
  • Monday 5-5:30 PM and 6:30-7 PM at St. Mary Magdalen
  • Holy Thursday 10:00 AM – Noon at St. Mary Magdalen
  • Good Friday after 9:00 AM Stations of the Cross, St. Mary Magdalen
  • Good Friday after the Noon Passion Service, St. John the Evangelist
  • Holy Saturday after the 11:00 AM blessing of food baskets, St. John the Evangelist

Happy Easter!